Stephanie Earthman Baird enjoys sharing her extensive wine knowledge and passion for teaching with audiences around the world. She is the owner of Journey Into Wine, a wine consulting business specializing in wine education, events and travel.
Baird began her own journey into wine in the 1980s, while globe-trotting with ExxonMobil; but she left the corporate world in 2002, turning her passion for wine into a full-time endeavor. With her husband, David, she started a wine import and distribution company in Houston,Texas; they sold the company in 2014.
Baird is a candidate for Master of Wine (MW), after earning numerous wine certifications. She earned her Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in London, while also being designated a Certified Educator for WSET. Baird is also an Advanced Sommelier, SWE Certified
Wine Educator, and California Wine Appellation Specialist. Baird serves as an instructor at the Texas Wine School, where she helps professionals earn their certifications, but enjoys teaching consumer enthusiasts as well.
As a professional wine judge, Baird frequently participates in prestigious wine competitions across the U.S., and is a founding member and past General Chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s International Wine Competition. Her accomplishments in wine and local fund raising have been recognized by Cowboys and Indians, Houston Business Journal, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Culture Map and The Leader. She was also honored to participate in a 2012 Houston Business Journal panel as a top ten business owner in "Powerful Women: A Strategic Forum for Women Business Owners."